Jan. 26, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz put on a pitching clinic as he helped lead the University of San Diego baseball team (1-0) to a season-opening 9-6 win over visiting Cal Poly (0-1) Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
Matusz (1-0) threw six scoreless innings only allowing two hits and one run, while fanning a career-high 13 batters. The 13 strikeouts is one shy of the USD single-game record held by Mike Saipe. AJ Griffin came in for two complete innings of relief work to pick up his first collegiate save, as he allowed no runs on one hit.
Cal Poly jumped out to the early lead as in the first inning, Grant Desme took a Matusz fastball and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence, to give the Mustangs the early 1-0 lead.
The Toreros then answered back in the second inning as they scored two runs on three hits. Daniel Magness and James Meador led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Shane Buschini then doubled to centerfield, which drove in Magness and advanced Meador to third. Two batters later, Meador would score on a wild pitch to give USD a 2-1 lead.
USD then scored two more runs in the fourth inning before Jordan Abruzzo hit a three-run shot over the left field fence to give USD a comfortable 7-1 lead.
In the seventh inning, Cal Poly launched a come back as the scored five runs on five hits. The Mustangs runs came by way of Luke Yoder reaching on an fielders choice, a Wes Dorrell run-scoring double to left field, a Pat Pezet RBI single, a Kyle Smith RBI single and a Logan Schafer sacrifice fly to right field to cut the deficit to two.
But that is as close as the Mustangs would come, as USD dug in and scored an insurance run in the eighth inning when Kevin Hansen hit into a double play, scoring Mike Metzger, who had singled, to put the game at its final of 9-6.
Abruzzo went 1-for-3 with one home run and three RBI, Hansen went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Logan Gelbrich went 2-for-3 with two RBI to help lead USD's offense.
Cal Poly starter DJ Mauldin (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mustangs as he allowed five earned runs on five hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue their three-game stand with Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium.